230,000 Attend Pelé’s Funeral

Lula da Silva’s first official event as President of Brazil was to attend the funeral of football king, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé, at the stadium of Santos FC, which is where Pelé spent almost all of his career. 

Lula laid a wreath at the funeral that said, “Our most sincere tribute to a great Brazilian, our King, Pelé”. He then took to Twitter, saying, “Pelé’s death is an irreparable loss for Brazil. I was in Vila Belmiro today to say goodbye to our football king, as President of the Republic, but also as a citizen who admired the art he produced on the pitch. Rest in peace.”

More than 230,000 people attended the funeral procession that lasted four hours through the city of Santos to bid him farewell.

Pelé was born on October 23, 1940 in Minas Gerais and made his professional debut in 1956 with Santos, where he played until 1974, when he made a move to the MLS to play for the New York Cosmos between 1975 and 1977. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, he is the only player to have won the World Cup three times, more than most countries. 

By Kawsachun News

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